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September 21 and 22
2 days, 2 disciplines, 2 ways to participate – defining our professional roles and uniting to build more equitable, accessible and inspired communities.
As land becomes increasingly expensive and scarce, we must think towards creative solutions to house our diverse populations. A departure from conventional thinking of individual structures on individual lots for individual people presents an opportunity to reimagine traditional structures, modify and adapt existing housing to better respond to changing needs and demographics, and encourage gentle density increases at an appropriate neighbourhood scale. This session explores non-traditional housing typologies that are becoming more prevalent, including secondary suites, rooming houses, laneway homes, and co-living arrangements (including group homes). Changes in planning mechanisms, such as the lifting of zoning permissions to encourage non-traditional housing types, present both opportunities and challenges for practicing planners from a public engagement perspective. Engagement tools and techniques to confront the subject will also be highlighted to better equip planners when interacting with the public and breaking down existing stigma surrounding non-traditional housing.